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Technology Leaders Program

Technology Leaders Program

Technology Leaders Program aims to address the gap in national human resources on the level of technical leaders by training and qualifying a generation of leaders and decision makers in the vital technical fields in the Kingdom.


KACST promotes research partnerships with international leading research and industrial institutions and universities, such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and Boeing Company through the Technical Leaders Program Initiative, which is part of the National Transformation Program 2020.

KACST has established 14 centers, distributed throughout the world, in collaboration with big research institutions and universities in the field of scientific and applied research. These centers work on research in the strategic areas that are important for the development and prosperity of the national economy.

The program is offering training and research opportunities, in order to introduce students and Saudi Scholars to research and scientific exploration, and help them acquire the needed practical experience. The program is offering a set of specialized training programs to gain research skills in specified fields, concerning the Kingdom’s strategic techniques, including scholars training program, the advanced training program and the students training initiative.

At the time of publishing the report, a number of researchers of both genders, enrolled in the program, were accepted to complete their master’s and Ph.D. studies in a prestigious university such as Massachusetts Institute of technology (MIT), University of Oxford, and University of Bordeaux and others. In addition, James Fraser Stoddart, the coordinator of the Joint Center of Excellence in Integrated Nanosystems at KACST and Northwestern University, has won, with two other scientists, the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2016, for their research in design fabrication of micro machines.

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Joint Centers of Excellence 

Center for Complex Engineering Systems

Partner: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Center of Excellence for Aeronautics and Astronautics​

Partner: Stanford University


Center of Excellence in Integrated Nanosystems

Partner: Northwestern University

Center for Advanced Materials and Manufacturing

Partner: University of Cambridge

Center of Excellence for Green Nanotechnologies

Partner: University of California, Los Angeles

Center of Excellence for Telecom Applications

Partner: University of California, San Diego

Center of Excellence of Nanomaterial for Clean Energy Applications

Partner: University of California, Berkley​

Center of Microwave Sensor Technology

Partner: University of Michigan

Solid State Lighting Center of Excellence

University of California, Santa Barbara and King Abdullah University for Science and Technology

Center of Excellence for Earth and Space Science

Partner: California Institute of Technology - Caltech

Decision Support Center

Partner: Boeing

Center of Excellence for Biomedicine

Partner: Brigham and Women's Hospital

Center of Excellence for Petrochemicals

partner:University of Oxford

Center of Excellence Quantum Optics and Informatics

partner:Texas A&M University